General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2ft - 3ft
Plant Spread: 2ft
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Mauve
Orange
Pink
Purple
Red
Yellow
Bi-Color
Multi-Color
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 0.2 inch
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Will not come true from seed
Other info: It is not coming true from seed, but it still gives new plants with beautifull colors. Every year it's a new surprise to see what color you get.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Parentage: Lupinus arboreus x L. polyphyllus

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Common names
  • Russell Lupine
  • Russell Lupin
Also sold as:
  • 'Russell Hybrids'
  • Lupinus polyphyllus
  • Lupinus x russellii

Photo Gallery
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-06-13
Russell Lupine (Lupinus regalis) mixed colours
Location: IL
Date: 2009-05-27
Location: Chuelles, France
Date: May
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-08-23
Russell Lupine (Lupinus regalis) leaves, in the rain
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-06-13
Russell Lupine (Lupinus regalis), bicolour purple
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-06-20
Location: Garden has been eliminated. It was part of the front lawn.
Date: 2012-12-08
Same bloom time as many azaleas.
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2009-05-27
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-05-23
Location: Mittenwald, Germany
Date: 2003-05-31
Location: Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date: Jun 3, 2010 4:49 AM
Russell Lupins grown from seed in a nursery row and transplanted
Location: Master bedroom garden.
Date: 2005-0607
Growing well with sunshine until 3 PM.
Location: Master bedroom garden that became a JI garden.
Date: 2005-0607
Lupine in the background also.
Location: Belmont Iris garden - full sun
Date: 2015-0529
Kissing lupine!
Photo by treehugger
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-30
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2010-08-23
Location: Work area
Date: 2011-0727
Roots being packaged for a trade to someone in Georgia. None grew
Location: Harper fence, morning sun
Date: 2010-0524
Growing well with only morning sun.
Location: Work area
Date: 2011-0425
I did plant them all.
Location: Maine
Date: 2015-06-10
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2015-07-31
Location: My Garden
Location: Terrace.
Date: 2014-05-17
Seedling emerged from between the bricks. It wasn't difficult to
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-21
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-05-23
Location: Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date: May 16, 2011 
Lupins and Alliums in an English Garden
Location: Mississauga
Date: 2012-05-28

Date: 2019-01-09
Location: Maine
Date: 2014-05-20
My garden

Date: 2019-01-09
Location: Winter Park, Colorado
Date: Summer 2016
Lupin was huge last summer, second year I had this plant
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2008-06-26
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-06-04
Location: Terrace garden right side
Date: 2014-07-30
Farthest back. Blooming with tall bearded irises and allium Purpl
Location: Fireplace garden, middle.
Date: 2013-0602
Blooming well at the same time as clematis and light blue geraniu
Location: Obelisk garden, full sun
Date: 2014-07-14
Location: Harper fence, morning sun
Date: 2010-0524
Garden setting
Location: Terrace garden left side.
Date: 2013-0615
Showing each portion of the bloom and how it grows (and dries) on
Location: Work area
Date: 2006-0428
Lupine sprouting in spring from chipping done, for compost, the p
Location: Work area
Date: 2009-0719
It is easiest to wait until the pods turn dark and crack to extra
Location: Work area
Date: 2011-0713
Showing various stages of seeds ripening as well as the green, un
Location: Terrace garden right side
Date: 2014-0623
Not yet ripe. When ripe they turn black. If allowed to remain the
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-21
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-05-23
Location: Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date: May 16, 2011 
Groupof Russel Hybrids, the yellow in front is a self sown seedli
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2014-07-07
Location: Winter Park, Colorado
Date: summer 2017
Location: Maine
Date: 2014-05-20
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-02-28
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-06
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My Cincinnati, Ohio garden
Date: Spring 2006
Taproot on a small seedling
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-05-21
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-06-04
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Comments:
  • Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Jun 17, 2016 12:44 PM concerning plant:
    The Russell Lupin, a horticultural hybrid (Lupinus arboreus x L. polyphyllus) was bred by George Russell in the early 20th century. These “Russell Hybrids” are noted for having denser flower spikes and a wider color palette than Big-Leaf Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus) adding reds, yellows and orange to the usual blues, purples, pinks and white.
  • Posted by okus (Lincolnshire, UK) on Sep 22, 2011 4:08 PM concerning plant:
    Very easy to grow from seed, and they self seed freely, they flower the year after planting. Plants have a deep taproot so care is needed when transplanting if they are raised in a nursery bed.

    If the first flush of flowers are dead headed as they go over, the plants will produce a second and sometimes a third flush of blooms.

    They thrive in light, dry, poor, and stoney soils and are an impressive early summer display.
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